Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration, Exercise Science, BS

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Exercise & Sports Science
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In Short

When you major in exercise and sports science and choose clinical exercise physiology as your concentration, you'll have the opportunity to study in one of three optional advisement tracks; pre-physician assistant, pre-physical therapy, or pre-athletic training.

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What will I do?
  • You'll learn how to use state-of-the art equipment in our physiology and anatomy labs including ECG, cardio/pulmonary measurement, blood flow analysis, and body composition analysis.
  • You'll complete coursework that provides knowledge and skills to find employment upon graduation or apply to competitive clinical graduate programs.
  • You'll gain real life experience through the completion of a 240 hour clinical internship.

Program Overview

The Clinical Exercise Physiology Concentration prepares you for employment in the health promotion industry as well as for health-related graduate programs (Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Athletic Training, Chiropractic).

Through specialized coursework in this program, you'll gain familiarity with clinical conditions often seen in physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, & athletic training offices.

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My internship experience was probably one of the most important puzzle pieces of my educational career. I learned everything I needed to solidify that entering the field of PT was what I wanted to do. I felt very prepared transitioning into a full time DPT program after graduating from Fitchburg State.

Haley Stack, '15, Physical Therapist

Experiential Opportunities


The internship program in the EXSS department is an experiential education program. The student intern contracts with an organization to provide specific outcomes/services that meet the students’ learning objectives as well as the needs of the organization. Our students have interned at the following sample of clinical sites: Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Emerson Hospital, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Heywood Hospital, Metrowest Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Natick Sports Chiropratic, Tufts Medical Center, Physical Therapy Plus, Mike Boyle's Strength and Conditioning, Cressey Sports Performance, UMass Lowell Sports Performance, Crunch Fitness, and Cross Fit EXP.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities also increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
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Curriculum and Other Information

Choose from the Clinical Exercise Physiology (PDF) concentration or one of the tracks below.

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Chiropractor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant